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The University of Memphis - Adult and Commuter Student Services www.memphis.edu/acss

Adult & Commuter

Connection September 2009 - volume 7, issue 1

current seminars >>>

Tigers Going Green. Staying Safe On and Off Campus.

We are just what you need We’ll find you a place to unwind on and off campus The best kept secrets at the U of M are the lounges designated for adult and commuter students who need a place to go in between classes with computers, a fridge, a microwave, free coffee and comfy couches. Does it sound like you could use some of that? Well, read on.

Take advantage of meaningful seminars geared toward adult and commuter students. If you are unable

Whether you are an adult learner (25 years or

By accessing our virtual office at mem-

older) or a commuter student (living off

phis.edu/acss, you will be able to connect

campus), we encourage you to come by the

with other students and carpool, share an

Tigers Going Green/Sustainability

Adult and Commuter Students Services

apartment, locate the cheapest gas in town,

9:40a - 11:05a in Panhellenic Ballroom

Staying Safe On and Off Campus

Office for information and get traffic and weather reports, services. We are here to sup- We help non-traditional find info on utilities and legal port your educational endeav- and commuter students services if you run into a diffi-

1:00p - 2:25p in Panhellenic Ballroom

ors and help you succeed as a

to attend, check out the podcasts on our site.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

student. We offer: two Adult For more information call us at 678-2644 or go to www.memphis.edu/acss

Student/Commuter

lounges

with complimentary beverages,

like you make the

cult situation with housing. Our hallmark event is our Off

most of their U of M experience.

Campus Housing Fair,

to be

held on March 24, 2010 at the

a quiet study area with computers, a monthly e-newsletter, training semi-

ture Hall. Our main office and computer lab

nars, tutoring referrals, information on cam-

are located at 500 Wilder Tower and you can

pus and community resources, child care

find our lounge at 208 Brister Hall. Feel free

information and referrals, off campus hous-

to call us anytime you need help at 678-2644

ing, adult scholarships, transportation (bus

or e-mail us at acss@memphis.edu.

schedules, carpool), Pinnacle Honor Society for nontraditional students and involvement in the Commuter Student Association and Adult Student Association.

Michael D. Rose Theater Lec-


things to do >>>

Don’t Stay at Home Alone Student Activities Calendar 09/12 — SAC Cinema - Night at the Museum 2 — Johnson Auditorium — 2 p.m. 09/17 — Crossing the Line — Panhellenic Building Ballroom — 7 p.m. 09/22 — Javier Soulful Musical Stylings — Tiger Den — 8 p.m. 09/29 — Tigers Going Green / Sustainability seminar — Panhellenic Ball. — 9:40 a.m. 09/29 — Staying Safe On and Off Campus seminar — Panhellenic Ball. — 1:00 pm. 09/29 — Mentalist Duo the Evasons — Rose Theatre — 7 p.m. 10/4-10 — Homecoming Week 10/4 — Homecoming Kick-off — Alumni Mall — 4-6 p.m.

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September 12-November 7 Greely Myatt And Exactly Twenty years Art Lab — Virginia Overton Caseworks — GM Selects

Health Center

Get Social Online Follow us on Twitter:

Art Museum Exhibitions

Student Health Fair — Oct. 7 — Student Plaza Hours of operation: 8am - 4:30pm Tue. at 9 am

Visit us on Facebook: University of Memphis Adult & Commuter Student Services

Recreation Center Hours M-TH: 6:30am - 9:30 pm, F: close 8:30pm SAT: 9am - 6pm and SUN: 1-6pm

home games >>>

Go Tigers! Get bus route schedules by visiting our office at 500 Wilder Tower or by checking us out at memphis.edu/acss

On Location! Finding the perfect place to live can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips: - Know your rights and responsibilities (more info in our office) - Ask about fees and deposits - Take time to do an in-depth inspection (smoke detectors, rodents, leaks) - Ask about services and repairs - Read your lease before you sign - Attend our Housing Fair — March 24, 2010 - Contact our office if you need legal advice For information on off campus housing, visit memphis.edu/offcampushousing

ACSS Newsletter - September 2009 - pg. 2

09/17 — Women's Volleyball vs. UAB — 7:00 PM (Elma Roane Fieldhouse) 09/18 — Men's Soccer vs. Vermont — 5:30 PM (Mike Rose Soccer Complex) 09/18 — Women's Volleyball vs. Samford — 7:00 PM (Elma Roane Fieldhouse) 09/19 — Women's Volleyball vs. New Orleans — 2:00 PM (Elma Roane Fieldhouse) 09/19 — Football vs. Tennessee-Martin — 7:00 PM (Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium) 09/19 — Women's Volleyball vs. Arkansas-Little Rock — 7:00 PM (Elma Roane) 09/20 — Men's Soccer vs. Central Arkansas — 5:30 PM (Mike Rose Soccer Complex) 09/25 — Women's Volleyball vs. Rice — 7:00 PM (Elma Roane Fieldhouse) 09/26 — Football vs. Marshall — 12:00 PM (Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium) 09/26 — Men's Soccer vs. UCF — 7:00 PM (Mike Rose Soccer Complex) 09/26 — Women's Volleyball vs. Houston — 7:00 PM (Elma Roane Fieldhouse) 10/03 — Softball vs. Alcorn State — 3:00 & 5:00 PM (Park Avenue Campus) 10/04 — Women's Soccer vs. Colorado College — 1:00 PM (Mike Rose Complex)

Special Events Lunch & Learn Workshop: September 30, 12:30 –1:30p.m. 400 Wilder Tower (Career Services) Annual Career and Internship Expo: September 23, 10 am — 3p.m. University of Memphis Holiday Inn Ballroom Discover Your Major Day: October 1, all day — Rose Theatre Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day: October 6, 10 am — 2p.m. Rose Theatre and Student Activities Plaza


Essential Tips for Adult Students to Succeed Juggling work, family, school and a social life is not an easy task, so take advantage of all the tools you can grab to make your academic experience as pleasant as possible. As always, we are here for you, don’t hesitate to call us. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Recognize and acknowledge your negative thoughts and then turn them into positive thoughts. Negative thought: “What was I thinking when I decided to take this math class?” Replace it with: “I have two teenagers, math doesn’t scare me.” Negative thought: “I’m too old to learn new things.” Replace it with: “If the professor, who is younger than my youngest child, can teach this class, I can pass it.” BE FLEXIBLE. If you get behind, DO NOT throw the whole schedule out the window. Adjust your study plans and get yourself back on track.

Be a part of the Commuter Students Association (CSA) Join us for our FREE PIZZA PARTY on Friday, September 11 at 2 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building, room 100.

BE PREPARED. Gather everything that you will need first. You waste valuable time getting up and down looking for items that could have been collected together.

Meet the CSA officers and other commuter students and lend your ideas for activities and events for the year. Join now and receive a free CSA T-shirt.

BE ACCOUNTABLE. If there are other adults in the house let them know this is your study time. Tell someone what your goals are so that you will be held accountable.

Visit us at: memphis.edu/commuterstudents

BE A FRIEND. Finding or creating a study group can also be helpful for keeping you on track. Peer review is a great source of help and advice on fine tuning your work. SET ASIDE TIME. The very first thing that you must do is set a schedule for yourself, your family and friends. Put down on your schedule when you would like to go out and do something special, even if it is just a walk in the park or a movie. DO IT NOW. First thing in the morning check your calendar for what activity you need to accomplish today and then do it. Do not get side tracked by other work. Adapted from: Success Tips for Adult Students by Shayne Rivers

Adult Student Association Get information about campus resources, scholarships, child care referrals, off campus housing, Pinnacle Honor Society, transportation and individual tutoring. Upcoming: September 18 — Open House, 2 pm, location TBA September 26 — ASA Tailgating Party, 10:30 am, Liberty Bowl Stadium Visit us at: memphis.edu/adultstudents

start your day with us! >>>

Welcome to the University of Memphis ACSS’ smiling faces welcomed students during the first week of classes. The free bottles of water and free breakfast (orange juice, sausage and chicken biscuits) were sure to please many who arrived extra early to park and to find their way around campus. The President of the university, Dr. Shirley Raines and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Rosie Bingham also stopped by to meet and greet students coming from the Central Ave. parking lot. A continental breakfast was served on Friday, Sept. 4 at the ACSS lounge at 500 Wilder Tower. Come see us, we are here for you.

ACSS Newsletter - September 2009 - pg. 3


Heather Hampton wins prestigious Finding An Agent That’sPyramid Right For You award The Pyramid Award is given once a year to two employees in the Division of Student Affairs in recognition of exceptional service and dedication to the university and to our students.

Heather Hampton has worked at the

Services, but she is also an asset to the Divi-

University of Memphis for 4 years. She gradu-

sion of Student Affairs,” said ACSS Director

ated in 2005 with a degree in Music Industry

Joy Stout. During

Studies with a concentration in recording tech-

the

award

Pictured (l-r): Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, Vice President of Student Affairs; Dr. Yolanda Harper, Assistant Vice president for Student Affairs, Student Development; Heather Hampton, Office Coordinator for Adult and Commuter Student Services; Joy Stout, Director for Adult and Commuter Student Services; Briah Hampton (daughter), Meredith Banks (sister) and Jonathan Hampton (husband).

ceremony,

nology at the U of M. Starting as an adminis-

Heather did not expect to win. “It is a great

trative secretary, Heather’s position evolved to

honor just to be nominated,” she said. I was

Office Coordinator where she plays a major

very touched that people took time to recog-

role in office operations, office supply man-

nize what I do. I will never forget that mo-

agement and event planning.

ment.

“Heather’s ingenuity has contributed

Heather didn’t know her husband,

to a larger involvement from the students and

sister and daughter were just outside the door

her outstanding customer service makes her

waiting to surprise her with flowers. “I was

not only an asset to the Department of Adult

very excited to see that my family was able to

and Commuter Student

witness that special moment,” she said.

We are moving! In January 2010 our offices and lounges will be relocated to the new UC! We are really excited with our new area, we will have a larger and nicer space for you. You will be receiving more updates as we get closer to the date!

MISSION

CONTACT AND GENERAL INFORMATION

The mission of the Adult & Commuter Student Services office is to provide a supportive environment for nontraditional and commuter students that promotes intellectual, social and academic growth and development through services and programs that foster lifelong learning.

The Adult and Commuter Student Services office is located on The University of Memphis campus on the 5th floor of Wilder Tower. Our regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. If you need after hours help, please call us to make arrangements. We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions. We can be reached by phone at 901-678-2644 during our regular business hours or after hours leave us a message on voice mail. You may also reach us through e-mail at acss@memphis.edu.

ACSS Newsletter - September 2009 - pg. 4


September 2009 Adult and Commuter Connection newsletter